Updates Guide Eucharistic Congress Participation
May 16, 2024

Options for Joining Pilgrimages Are Evolving

INDIANAPOLIS (National Eucharistic Congress)—Organizers are now asking the public to participate in the four Eucharistic Revival Pilgrimages at the parts of the pilgrimages that are designated as “public events.” This is a change from the original plan. Readers may recall that last spring The Observer had an article that included quotes from a retired couple who planned to walk with the Marian Route pilgrims for the first week of the pilgrimage.
The 24 official pilgrims will walk much of their routes but will be bussed where the route is dangerous or if the weather turns bad. There also are places where it would not be safe for a crowd to walk with them.
There are certain parts of the pilgrimages where the public will be welcome to walk with the pilgrims, and many (but not all) of the events (Masses, evenings of reflection and adoration, etc.) will welcome the public. The dioceses included in each of the four routes are in the process of planning events. Those who wish to participate are asked to register ahead of time for event(s).
Starting from the map found at www.eucharisticpilgrimage.org, click on the route and then the town/parish where you would like to participate. That will take you to the archdiocese or diocese organizing events at that point of the pilgrimage. There, under “Learn More” you can find the dates the pilgrimage will be in that diocese and a list of any currently planned events. 
The dioceses closest to the Marian Route, including Rockford and the Archdioceses of Milwaukee and Chicago, are planning special events and Masses in celebration. Bishop David Malloy will celebrate a Mass June 30 at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford, followed by a precession and adoration. 
Visit individual diocesan websites for more information. 
There is a “Register” button included in each of the descriptions of public events.
Information on all the routes is available at: www.eucharisticpilgrimage.org.  Or go to eucharisticcongress.org and click up above on “pilgrimages” to start exploring.
National Eucharistic Congress Commemorative Rosary Now Available
INDIANAPOLIS (National Eucharistic Congress)—Many Eucharistic Congresses in the past offered commemorative keepsakes, ranging from medals and pins to programs, photo albums, rosary pouches, and even mini monstrance figurines.
In the spirit of this tradition, the 2024 congress is offering the Official Rosary of the 10th National Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage, made in Italy by Ghirelli.
More than a souvenir, this is a sacramental that aligns with the mission of this historic Congress: to draw the Catholic faithful into a deeper intimacy with Our Lord in the Eucharist. And what better way than through the Blessed Mother?
The centerpiece is a replica of the monstrance blessed by the Holy Father that will be used at the 10th National Eucharistic Congress. This monstrance is a tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the National Eucharistic Revival.
The ornate crucifix takes inspiration from the 15th chapter of the Gospel of John, where Jesus speaks of the vine and the branches. Here, the vines wrap around the instrument of our salvation as we see the sacrifice of Jesus, the one true vine. Grapes can be seen growing on the Cross, calling to mind the miracle of wine becoming the precious Blood of Christ at every Mass.
For information on ordering this rosary, go to: https://ghirelli.com and look under “rosaries” for the link.


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